Herrings with crushed potatoes

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By: Jun Tanaka From: Market Kitchen

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.29 / 5 (85 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
25 min

A zesty herb dressing brightens up Jun Tanaka's meal for one


1. For the potatoes: boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and add the spring onions and a splash of red wine vinegar. Crush roughly with a fork.

2. For the herring: dry roast the coriander and cumin seeds in a small frying pan. Crush with the garlic and a pinch of salt using a pestle and mortar. Add the lemon zest and juice, the coriander, mint, a pinch of smoked paprika and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix together.

3. Season the herring fillets with salt and pepper. In a frying pan, lightly fry the herring skin-side down in a little olive oil. When the edges of the herring fillets become golden turn and fry for a few seconds on the other side.

4. To serve, spoon the crushed the potatoes onto a plate. Put the herring fillets on top and spoon over the herb dressing.


For the potatoes

  • 1 handfuls waxy potatoes, peeled
  • 1 small handfuls spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

For the herring

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Latest Comment


Had some lovely very fresh small herrings and carlingford new potatoes and it was fantastic even though I mistakenly used the 'Chermula'? as a marinade!
This will be my way of cooking herrings from now on. Thanks Jun

ChrisL42389 ChrisL42389  Posted 16 Nov 2008 5:38 PM